Keith School helps Hunger Connection

Keith School helps Hunger Connection


At the close of Rockford’s On The Waterfront festival late Sunday night, teams of volunteers from Keith School and the Rockford Lions football team collected more than two tons of leftovers from festival food booths to feed the needy.

Sixteen night owls met at 10 p.m., fanned out among the 32 nonprofit food vendor tents and rounded up five vanloads of surplus—including bread, 70 cases of corn on the cob, potatoes, onion rings, other vegetables, hot dogs and brats. Then they drove borrowed vehicles to the Hunger Connection, 320 S. Avon St., where Director Elaine Breck and her family were on hand to unload and store the bounty. By midnight, the job was finished.

The surplus weighted in at 4,566 pounds, according to Holly Augustine, operations manager, and will be available for soup kitchens and food pantries in Winnebago County, plus churches and community centers which provide lunches and after-school programs.

Each year at On The Waterfront, Keith School sells roasted corn on the cob at the “Keith Korn” booth, explained Marge Bevers, the school’s director of development. Afterward, they donate the unsold corn to the Hunger Connection. In recent years, there had been no central collection of surplus items from Waterfront food booths. So in 2000, with the blessing of On The Waterfront organization and the food bank, Keith School created “SOS – Save Our Surplus” and took that on.

On Sunday night, SOS received welcome assistance from several members of the Rockford Lions football team. Vans and two-wheelers were loaned by Techline and Budget Car and Truck Rental.

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